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Settling into a new area and trying to make friends in a new language can be daunting. HomeRentalontheWeb can help you find a great Spain long-term rental and we want to give you a bit of help with the langauge too!
This month, our resident Spanish expert Michelle Lewis has put together some useful phrases to ask people how they are and answer in response. This may only be small talk, but it opens the door for getting to know people better, so give it a try at the school gates or at your local shop or bar and see what happens! Just making the effort can open the door to good friendships which will really make you feel at home.
Hola. ¿Qué tal? – Hello, how are you?
Bien, ¿y tú? – Well, and you?
Muy bien gracias – Very well thanks.
Me alegro – Glad to hear it.
¿Estás bien? – Are you ok?
Estoy cansado-a / enfermo-a / muy contento-a / triste / estresado-a / preocupado-a -I’m tired / ill / very happy / sad / stressed / worried
Estoy relajado-a / aliviado-a / orgulloso-a / desilusionado-a – I’m relaxed / relieved / proud / disappointed
¿Estás aburrido-a / enfadado-a / interesado-a / enojado-a / seguro-a ? – Are you bored / angry / interested / annoyed / sure ?
¿Estás a gusto / tranquilo-a / nervioso-a / avergonzado-a ? – Are you at ease / reassured / anxious / ashamed, embarrassed ?
(For ladies use the “a” ending, and for the gentlemen use the “o”.)
Tengo prisa / sueño / miedo / suerte – I´m in a hurry / sleepy / afraid / lucky
¿Tienes calor / frío / hambre / sed ? – Are you hot / cold / hungry / thirsty ?
A few false friends not to be mixed up.
Es sensible – He/ she’s sensitive
Es sensato-a – He/ she’s sensible
Es simpático-a – He /she’s nice, kind
Es comprensivo-a – He / she’s sympathetic
Michelle Lewis is a Spanish Teacher, Translator and Interpretor. She can help with a wide range of issues in Spanish including; NIE, residency, registering at the medical centre, medical appointments, importation of cars, problems with the Town Hall, the gestor, the police, or Telefonica. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 680 155 254 for more information.